Comfort Inn Downtown
171 West 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (801) 325-5300
Fax: (801) 325-5302
Utah's capitol building construction cost was a staggering USD 2.7 million dollars. Its rotunda reaches 165 feet and presides over an interior of marble, noted for its light color and design. Massive ionic columns, each carved from a single piece of marble, are thought to be the largest solid marble columns in the United States. Epic paintings around the arches and the rotunda represent Brigham Young and the Mormon pioneers. No admission fee.
Salt Lake City has a fair amount of parks - add this one to the list. One of downtown's respites, Pioneer Park offers a basketball court, a tennis court, a small playground area and plenty of green space.
Whether you are just visiting the area or live here full time, the public library is the place to be. Many educational activities for both children and adults are available. Spend the day reading, studying or researching on the Internet. If the main branch does not have what you are looking for, try another area branch. Inter-library loans make it convenient to obtain and return materials from any location.
Library Square is a plaza where community related events take place. The Salt Lake City Public Library is located within the square. The area is landscaped with limestone from Israel. Many shops such as "Art at the main" or joints to hang out like the Hemingway Cafe are located on the Square along with a studio of a radio station. Many cultural events such as Annual Downtown Eco-Festival, Wasatch Iron Pen Literary Marathon among a few have taken place at the Square over the years.
The Walker Center is a historic building located in downtown Salt Lake City. Built in 1911, it was once the headquarters of Walker Bank. This beautiful skyscraper was at one time the tallest building between San Francisco and Chicago. Designed by Eames and Young, the Walker Center was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.
When the laws of Utah changed in 2008, two businessmen, Peter Erickson and David Cole, undertook an initiative to set up their own brewery. Their dream was finally realized in 2010, when Epic Brewing Company opened its doors in south Salt Lake City. Soon after, this brewery began winning awards for their artisanal brews. Call ahead to book a tour around the brewery and witness the brewing process. End it with a tasting session of their ales, porters, lagers and stouts. This brewery also boasts of a successful branch in Denver, Colorado.
Get your information here! Utah's most extensive visitors' bureau, this center provides guests an opportunity to plan their stay in Salt Lake City. Professional information specialists provide outstanding service and towers of brochures beckon. Exhibits introduce Utah history and a small shop provides one-stop souvenir shopping. Tickets for the Discovery Trolley can be purchased here, and free validated parking is available in the Crossroads Plaza garage across the street.
Occupying an impressive limestone structure built in 1905; this interactive museum offers the young and young-at-heart an entertaining look at the universe. An ideal reward for kids who behaved well while touring nearby Temple Square, the museum encourages participation with simulated space flights, star shows and dancing laser lights. Its Hansen Dome Theater boasts of over 200 seats and is the first of its kind to give viewers the pleasure of exploring the universe in three dimension without the use of glasses. The theater has spectacular projectors and its state-of-the-art acoustics are second to none. In addition, the Clark Planetarium is home to an ATK IMAX Theater which showcases Hollywood blockbusters along with informative films. The films generated by the Clark Planetarium have reached corners of the globe, and some of their applauded shows are Perfect Little Planet, Gateway to the Stars, Extreme Planets and the Ultimate Universe. Astronomy courses are available for all ages in the summer and special programs are scheduled throughout the year. Call ahead to find out show timings.
Changing exhibits of contemporary visual art are presented in a modern setting of light and wood. Numerous art workshops for both adults and children are available at UMOCA, along with educational film and performance programs. Take the kids here when they start to get bored by the summer. A small gift shop sells all things art-related. Come here to see what is happening in the Utah art scene. Admission is free.
Across from The Bakery you will find over a 1000 wine varieties in approximately 30,000 bottles. Since Utah liquor laws prevent hard alcohol from being sold anywhere else (such as grocery stores), this is the place to come. Categorized by country of origin or by color, such as Cabarnets and Merlots, you are sure to find what you are looking for. The knowledgeable staff will help you decipher the different tastes and which wine might be right for you. A small selection of imported beers is also available here.
Once home of the Hotel Utah, this historical building stands majestically in downtown Salt Lake City. On the top floor are two restaurants, The Garden and The Roof, both overlooking Temple Square. The building and its facilities are owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elsewhere in the building, 13 banquet halls offer space for meetings, banquets and wedding receptions. The church welcomes members and non-members alike to use the facilities.
Because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints encourages its members to trace their genealogical histories, many visitors to Salt Lake City spend considerable time in this interactive computer center and its more detail-oriented counterpart, Family History Library. Searchers plug in names, birthplaces and marriage dates, and the FamilySearch computers spit out mind-boggling arrays of genealogical records. Admission to the center is free, as is use of the 180 user-friendly FamilySearch computers. Serious searchers should call ahead for recommendations regarding pre-visit research.